New Household Waste Site For Kent
Published: 29 May 2019
Leader of Kent County Council Paul
Carter has announced a new household waste site for Kent in
Tonbridge and Malling, alongside successful negotiations allowing Kent
residents to use Medway sites, and funding to tackle flytipping.
Speaking at the County Council meeting, Mr Carter said
that from June 3, the county’s 18 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
across Kent will continue to receive household waste, with a modest charge for
the disposal of soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard.
He said: “The income derived will help us to further
improve our Household Waste Recycling Centres and indeed, expand them.
“I am pleased to announce today that we will open and
fund an additional Household Waste Recycling Centre in Allington, within the
next 12-15 months, which will service the Tonbridge and Malling and surrounding
area, taking the pressure off Medway Council’s facility at Cuxton.
“I am also pleased to report that negotiations with
Medway Council were satisfactorily concluded yesterday so that the reciprocal
arrangements enabling Kent residents on the border of Medway being able to
utilise their HWRCs, and similarly Medway residents accessing Kent’s
facilities, will continue unchanged.
“In addition, we will be providing an additional
£250,000 to crack down on flytipping, an anti-social crime often carried out by
criminal gangs. Over 90% of fly-tipped waste we see in the county could have
been disposed of free of charge at an HWRC or from a kerbside collection.
“While I do not believe the new policy will turn law-abiding
citizens into criminals, I cannot predict what criminal gangs might do in
response. However, we will be launching a campaign for additional enforcement
with the money being made available to the Kent Environmental Crime Waste
“This group includes Kent Police, the Environment
Agency, the National Farmers' Union (NFU), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
and district and borough councils. Yesterday we spoke to Kent Police, NFU and a
number of district councillors who are encouraged and enthused by this
additional investment. This campaign will now take enforcement and detection to
a new level.”
KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the
recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types of waste.
Each year Kent’s household waste sites receive
approximately 185,000 tonnes of waste and 3.5 million visits, at a cost of
approximately £10 million to the taxpayer.
information, visit www.kent.gov.uk/waste